Portugal – Alvor in the Algarve

Another week has flown by and we can’t quite believe we’re nearly 5 months in to the trip.  We’re now in Alvor, further west along the Algarve coast and the least built up section of this rather touristy part of the Algarve.  Alvor is lovely: a small fishing village on the Rio Alvor with a large estuary that is now a nature park.  It is a short walk along a boardwalk to the sea and the neighbouring beaches are magnificent: clear waters, red cliffs and sea stacks, and seaside villages with cobbled streets rising steeply from sandy beaches.

These are by far the most magnificent beaches we’ve seen so far and the waters here are calm, so we’ve been out SUP-ing early morning, exploring sea caves and navigating archways between sea stacks.

We’ve cycled more of the Ecovia cycle route, in both directions from Alvor, and yesterday went just about all the way to the most southerly tip of Portugal: somewhere where we’ll return after our trip up to Lisbon (Brenda and Sharron & Fraser fly in to meet us in Lisbon next week).  The coast towards Cabo de Sao Vicente gets far more ragged, with sharp cliffs and crashing waves.

We’ve also explored some of the wine farms of the Algarve and stopped for chicken piri-piri in Guia, reputed to be the best chicken piri piri in the Algarve.  The Aquaforno has been put to good use, as we have been practising our bread baking, making beer bread and yoghurt bread, as well as plenty of oven roasted tomatoes to have with salad.

5 thoughts on “Portugal – Alvor in the Algarve

  1. Did I always imagine that you really do not like tomatoes? Have fun with the family and love to all. S x (cute donkey, is there room for that in the Bambi?)

  2. Can’t believe Leigh doesn’t like Quinoa (“keenwa” as Antonia taught me to pronounce it!) – wish I could get some in Grahamstown. The bread, tomatoes, olives looked great too. What beaches – what a lovely bikini – what lovely tiles – and the donkey was straight from a children’s story!
    M and T.

  3. Really looking forward to next weekend in Lisboa. Lisky support for non tomato meals is arriving. Have been practising SUPing ( well watched a one hour documentary on the flight back – going to be more of of a Chuck Patterson than a Connor Baxter) think I’ve got it sorted. Was a great program called H2IndO about a group of “paddle goons” as the surfers call them SUPing in Indonesia. See you soon. F & S.

    • Excellent – you’re already a pro! Luckily the forecast has changed so rain no longer on the cards! See you tomorrow x

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